As a signatory of the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities”, ERCIM endorses “Enabling Open Scholarship”, an organisation with the mission to promote open access, open education, open science and open innovation.
Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS) is an organisation for universities and research institutions worldwide. The organisation is both an information service and a forum for raising and discussing issues around the mission of modern universities and research institutions, particularly with regard to the creation, dissemination and preservation of research findings. The aim of EOS is to further the opening up of scholarship and research that we are now seeing through the growing open access, open data, open education, open science and open innovation movements. These, and other, 'open' approaches to scholarship are changing the way research and learning are done and there are profound implications for universities and research institutions. EOS has been established to help guide developments and to assist others in understanding the issues and their implications.
Enabling Open Scholarship provides the higher education and research sectors around the world with information on developments and with advice and guidance on implementing policies and processes that encourage the opening up of scholarship. It also provides a forum for discussion and debate amongst its members and will be taking that discussion into the wider community.
EOS membership is for senior institutional managers who have an interest in, and wish to help develop thinking on, strategies for promoting open scholarship to the academy as a whole and to society at large.
The EOS website is a resource open to all. It provides background information, data and guidance material on open scholarship-related issues. There is an area of the site that is accessible to members only where members can find announcements, news and discussions.
What does EOS offer?
EOS offers an outreach service to universities and research institutes - whether members or not - that need help, advice, guidance or information on open scholarship issues. EOS does this through their Web site resource and also by providing information on an individual basis to institutions that need it.
The EOS board is composed of people who have personally instigated the kinds of changes in their own institutions that herald the benefits of the open scholarly communication system of the future. This expertise is available for others to tap into. Institutional managers who would like guidance or advice on developing policies and procedures can request help from EOS in developing policy and procedures in their own institution.